Act and FDIC used in phishing scam
Watch out for an e-mail that claims to be from the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation. It's actually an attempt at
robbery, identity theft and possibly a computer virus.
According to the FDIC, the scam e-mail states
that the Department of Homeland Security Director, Tom Ridge,
has advised the FDIC to suspend all deposit insurance on the
recipient's bank account "due to suspected violations
of the USA Patriot Act." The e-mail also says that deposit
insurance will be suspended until personal identity, including
bank account information, can be verified.
An alert sent out by the FDIC cautions that
the e-mail is "a fraudulent attempt to obtain personal
information from consumers." The alert warns consumers
against clicking on the link in the e-mail, which may activate
a computer virus named Exploit-URLSpoof.gen.
If you have received this e-mail, the FDIC requests
that you forward any information to email@example.com.
The FDIC has a call center set up for people who have questions
about the scam. The center can be reached by calling 1-877-ASK-FDIC
Both the FDIC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
are attempting to locate the person or persons responsible
for this scam e-mail.
You may think this scam sounds familiar.
That's because it is yet another example of the new and increasingly
prevalent scam called phishing.
This scam uses a legitimate-looking e-mail,
claiming to be from a reputable financial institution or well-known
business, to try and con you into revealing your personal
information. Remember, a bank or other legitimate financial
institution will never ask for personal information by e-mail.
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